Rights groups are urging the UK government to allow free protests – but some of those who protested Xi Jinping’s state visit to the UK have bad memories of their experiences.
Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Britain alongside first lady Peng Liyuan on Monday, October 19, 2015, for a state visit billed as forging business and trade ties between the two nations. President Xi resided at Buckingham Palace during his stay, and addressed parliament as Prime Minister David Cameron. The royal family rolled out what British media described as the "reddest red carpet" for him. The two countries sealed deals on nuclear and railway projects and announced the launch of sovereign debt in yuan in London.